1974 Fender Stratocaster, original black finish. Legend from original owner was that the guitar was literally in a bar fight and took a few licks, which are shown in the photos. Otherwise overall excellent condition with minimal marking. Great care was obviously taken after historical event. Original whammy bar, Fender strap (padding under pad worn off) and Stratocaster Instruction Manual. There was always a single-ply white back panel in the case, looks original to the guitar. New screws. Original red-lined Fender hard shell case in excellent condition.

After decades of cowboy chords, guitar required complete refret, new nut, plus relacquered fingerboard. Looks and plays like brand-freaking-new. Refinish is a touch lighter than old finish in photos, will be posting some new photos of the work soon. Have not had a chance to crank it up yet.

NOTE: Black guitars are incredibly difficult to photograph. Especially in trying to show all of the imperfections and getting a good balance on the white parts. In these photos, most of the body areas that show unevenness of color, white streaks or colored patterns are usually showing reflections. Any finish damages or imperfections of color are always addressed in text and shown in photos the best way we know how.

Black and Blacker

Black and Blacker

Original Hard
Black and Blacker
Leo Black / Eric Kister
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Since we do not keep "regular" store hours, the best way to contact us is via email. We can setup a phone call or Zoom session with in-hand description of instrument. If you do call, the best times are afternoons and early evenings. Otherwise, please leave a message; we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks!

Electronic payments, PayPal, direct transfers. Old-fashioned paper like bank checks and money orders OK after clearing. We'll work with you. Trades may be considered; we are currently not looking for anything specific. But you never know!

Buyer pays all costs for shipping and insurance. All shipping is calculated based on weight of guitar in case. USPS is our preferred carrier for items of value less than $5,000; you can get a good idea of all shipping costs on the website. Shipping is calculated from Chicago 60609.

All of our instruments are in the conditions as described. No attempt to deceive or misrepresent would ever be intended or tolerated. Any modifications or damages have been noted and photographed. So, even considering all sales are final, all sales issues are on a case-by-case basis; any disputes about condition or vintage must be addressed within 48 hours of receipt. Buyer pays all return shipping and insurance costs.